Roxanne has dreamed of owning a studio since she was 9 years old and is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for children and build a strong community with dance in Pacifica.
Ms. Roxanne has been dancing for 40 years and teaching dance for 30 years! She began dancing at the age of 4 with Ballet, Tap, and Acrobatics in Southern Illinios. She completed her first Tap Solo at age 9 and quickly moved forward with her dance training. She moved to Bakersfield, CA where she studied under Georgia Peck. She danced along side Tiler Peck (principal ballerina for the New York City Ballet) whom is Georgia’s daughter, competing together in many dance competitions and conventions such as Showstoppers, Tremaine, Dupree, Dance Educators of America, and Dance Masters of America just to name a few. She studied Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Modern dance styles. Georgia always considered Roxanne her tap girl and at the age of 13, Roxanne began teaching her first Tap and Clogging class. Roxanne continued to teach, choreograph, perform, and compete with the dance studio and public high school under the direction of Georgia Peck.
Throughout College Roxanne continued to teach at many different dance studios in the Central Valley of California and was part of a professional dance team for an athletic team. She travelled to dance with Al Gilbert, Joe Tremaine, Wade Robinson, Paula Abdul, and other industry professionals. She earned a Bachelors of Art in Theatre Arts/Dance and English and a California Dance Teachers Credential to teach pre-school-Adult levels of dance in private and public schools. While dancing and acting in Los Angeles she acquired her Screen Actors Guild membership by working on shows such as Boston Public, MTV’s Sisco’s Shakedown, and in the movie Sorority Boys.
After her professional career, Roxanne became the full time dance teacher at Bayside Middle School for the Arts in San Mateo, CA for 4 years. She also taught dance/yoga at the Montessori School of Linda Mar, guest taught dance classes at Vallemar school in Pacifica, and taught full time dance the last 2.5 years at Thomas Edison Charter School in San Francisco for TK-8th grade students. She has resided in Pacifica for 16 years and also used to sell hair bows at FogFest for 10 years for fun called Sparkles Boutique.
Dancing makes me the ‘happiest’! My motivation to learn dance started at a tender age of three. My mother’s need to in still a sense of hobby in me lead me to embrace dancing as a creative form to express my emotions. The much needed technical discipline acquired through my years of training has given me the confidence to work with this medium as a source of expression with my students. My training includes nearly two decades of rigorous training in Indian classical dance forms such as Kathak and Rajasthani folk dance. My varied cultural background has changed my perspective and my teaching expertise imbibes this diversity making it a fascinating learning experience for my students. The Bollywood dance form in particular led me to perform on several national and international platforms. My passion for teaching dance started innocently by choreographing for college events and weddings. The joy of making dance a hobby for the feet remains an incomparable feeling. I truly wish for people to experience through the correct technique yet fun guided manner. Dancing is the greatest connection one can have with the self and it gives me the adrenalin to learn, perform and grow every day. With the right skill acquisition and creative spirit I hope to teach my students all that which I have worked towards. I have been teaching various forms of Bollywood dance in California’s Bay Area for more than four years now. These years have only strengthened my belief further.